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Queen Isabella 'la Católica' dictating her last will and testament

  • 'Queen Isabel la Católica dictating her last will and testament' © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

    'Queen Isabel la Católica dictating her last will and testament' © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1864

Original title

Doña Isabel la Católica dictando su testamento
Prado Museum
Madrid
Madrid
Madrid

This painting on a historic theme features outstanding draughtsmanship, textural quality and mastery of composition.

The work was painted by Rosales during his stay in Rome after a long reflection on the most appropriate historical subject for a painting. It portrays the Catholic Queen as she dictates her will in Medina del Campo on 12 October 1504, days before she died.

The painting recalls the evocative realism of the works of Velázquez, which gives it a somewhat tenuous atmosphere. The white of the bedclothes contrasts with the muted colours of the figures present in the room. The only note of colour comes from the red mantle of the grieving King Ferdinand, whose daughter Juana stands beside him. Cisneros, in his cardinal’s habit, can be identified among the attendants.
 

Details of the work

Object
Painting

Dimensions
290 cm x 400 cm.

Technique
Oil

Material
Canvas

  

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